North and South Korean athletes will to walk together under a special united Korea flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
However, those leaders say what Tillerson described as a "maximum-pressure campaign" against North Korea will continue until Kim Jong-Un and his regime agree to a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
Mattis spoke at a dinner reception prior to the January 16 meeting in Vancouver of foreign ministers from 20 nations who had gathered to discuss how to handle various issues related to Pyongyang's repeated ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests.
"(Such thinking) will only lead to split in the worldwide community and harm the joint efforts that could properly solve the nuclear issue on Korea peninsula", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday.
"We can only take 23 players to the Olympics, and they thought these North Koreans are going to come in and take our spots", South Korean women's hockey head coach Sarah Murray told Reuters.
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In 1978, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung made a decision to mark April 25, 1932 - when the anti-Japanese forces were established - as the army's founding day instead of the official date of February 8, 1948.
Uniting athletes from South Korea and North Korea at the Pyeongchang Games next month offers hope of an Olympic victory for all parties.
There are fears that South Korean players might be removed from the team to make room for North Koreans. However, one can not help but wonder whether South Korea fully understands the North's true intentions.
The North will also send a 150-member delegation of athletes and cheerleaders to the Paralympic games in March.
A North Korean delegation is planning to visit the South next week to look over the facilities at the Games venues.
"We are truly committed and determined to do what we can to fight against sanctions".
Trump praised China, a key economic partner of North Korea, on its progress to cut back coal and oil imports from Pyongyang.